NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The 3-6 New Providence Pioneers stunned the 4-3 Kent Place Dragons, with a come-from-behind win, resulting in a 6-4 score. Both teams were virtually silent for three innings, until the top of the fourth, when the Dragons got on the board, scoring three runs.
The Dragon’s offensive rally would not go unanswered, the Lady Pioneers immediately responded with an offensive rally of their own, scoring two runs. The very next inning, Dragons seemed to start mounting up another offensive attack. Freshmen Pitcher, Megan Mohan, found herself in the tough situation, with bases loaded and only 1 out.
Mohan regained composure, making an impressive defensive play, and striking out the next batter. Mohan would find herself with bases loaded again, but poised pitching and a strong fielding from her infield and outfield, resulted in no real damage.
Coach Jill Fischman spoke highly of her freshman pitcher, stating “it is special for her to play at this level as a freshman” adding “whenever she steps on to the field she is learning something new.”
With time running out the Lady Pioneers again orchestrated an offensive attack in the bottom of the sixth. Scoring an early run, the Lady Pioneers were again threatening to slash the Dragons' meager one point lead. Mounting pressure from New Providence forced several walks, which gave New Providence the lead. After a score of 6-4, Lady Pioneers, Dragons coach Erin Hahn made a pitching change, to end the inning.
Down two runs in top of the seventh, the Dragons showed no signs of slowing down, coming out swinging and making contact. Despite great effort from the Dragons, the Lady Pioneers showed resilience, matching the Dragons offensive energy with their own solid defense to end the game.
Coach Fischman credited the team’s come from behind victory to the Lady Pioneer’s determination, stating that the reason they won was “not giving up, staying focused, picking each other up, and moving on the next play.”
This is the Lady Pioneers first win after a three-game losing streak, which can be attributed to the difficult weeks they had due to AP testing. “We have some amazing student athletes on this team, they have been working hard 6 days a week on the field and in the classroom since March,” said Fischman.
Defeating a team with a win percentage of above .500, was a good test for the Lady Pioneers, but a tougher challenge lies ahead as they face off against the 8-5 Union Catholic Vikings, at Union Catholic Regional High School, Tuesday at 4 p.m., who holds a 4-1 record in league play.